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Your Memory Defines You — A Review of ‘Coco’

The movie Coco won the best-animated film at Oscars 2018 lately and was rated very high on IMDB. I watched the movie last week with my friends and we all burst into tears during several scenes.

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Worrying About Everything and Nothing – What is worry?

Who has never been worried? This is perhaps a trivial question, because we all worry or overthink at some point. In this sense, worrying seems to be a normal phenomenon and a critical part of our daily thoughts. Not only is it normal, but it also has a purpose, as it helps us to anticipate threats and prepare for future challenges. Over three decades ago, a group of researchers defined worry as a “chain of thoughts and images, negatively affect-laden and relatively uncontrollable”. According to them, worrying represents an attempt to mentally solve an issue whose future outcome is uncertain, but that contains the possibility of one or more negative outcomes. Hence, to a certain extent, worrying derives from fear (Borkovec, Robinson, Puzinsky and DePree, 1983). Taking this information together, we can define worry as everything that goes through our mind that helps us solve our problems, regardless of how serious they are.

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The Psychology of Procrastination

As exam season and deadlines loom ever closer, so too does the likelihood of procrastination – or “voluntarily [delaying] an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay” (Steel, 2007).

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Psychological or Physiological: Memory Loss in Elderly

A common sign of aging is an increased frequency of forgetting. However, in unfortunate cases, this could be a more severe case of memory loss as a result of more concerning illnesses – two of which are depression and dementia. It is imperative to distinguish these two disorders that present themselves similarly, so that memory loss in elderly is not misdiagnosed and can be treated effectively to improve the patient’s quality of life.

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Top 5 Strange Disorders Caused By Brain Damage

The last few decades have been overwhelmed by the discovery of various disorders caused by brain damage, which have resulted in peculiar symptoms for the patients. In this article, we count down the five strangest disorders caused by brain damage. We will focus on disorders that affect one’s perception of the world around them, and examine their causes and symptoms.

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Don’t Worry, Be sad!

It may seem counterintuitive, but sadness may serve some purposes in improving your task performance and interpersonal relationships. After reading this article, you will gain some insights on:

  • the benefits of being sad,
  • why and how mood affects performance, and
  • when should you be happy, when should you be sad?

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How to boost your New Year’s Resolutions

The start of the New Year is traditionally seen as the perfect time to start over, which explains the custom of making New Year’s resolutions. However, we all know that even with the best of intentions, people usually struggle with maintaining their new year’s resolutions.

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The Untold Truth About the Stanford Prison Experiment

Imagine that at this exact moment, you get a knock on your door. It’s a pair of policemen – and before you know it, you’re accused of robbery with violence and raid and arrested. You’re taken to the closest police station; after getting logged in the system, you’re brought to the provincial prison. You’re stripped, patted down and uniformed in pale clothes, rubber sandals and a nylon cap. Heavy chains are attached to your ankles. You feel humiliated. You’ve become a prisoner stripped of identity, and, over time, you won’t just feel it physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well.

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A Life Cut Short But Well Lived – A Review of “When Breath Becomes Air”

“I FLIPPED THROUGH THE CT scan images, the diagnosis obvious: the lungs were matted with innumerable tumors, the spine deformed, a full lobe of the liver obliterated. Cancer, widely disseminated. I was a neurosurgical resident entering my final year of training. Over the last six years, I’d examined scores of such scans, on the off chance that some procedure might benefit the patient. But this scan was different: it was my own.” – Excerpt, “When Breath Becomes Air”

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Summer Internships in PALS #5: Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship – An Interview with Ziyun Poh

Ziyun worked at John Rothwell’s TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) lab in Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology (IoN) (33 Queen Square). She was on the Wellcome trust Biomedical Vacation Studentship, where she observed and carried out behavioural studies to explore motor pathways within the brain and spinal cord. She was able to extend her summer project into her third-year research project for her BSc Neuroscience course, allowing her to start collecting data as early as October last year.

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Summer Internships in PALS #4: Research Assistant at John Hopkins University Laboratory for Child’s Development – An Interview with Gianna Li

The John Hopkins University Laboratory for Child’s Development provides spring and summer internships for undergraduates. Summer interns will be paired up with either a post-doc or a postgraduate student mentor in their faculty. Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Feigenson and Dr. Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and adults. Other than having the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of research, interns also participate in lab meetings and reading groups.

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Summer Internships in PALS #3: Studentship with UCL Researchers – An Interview with Lilian Tu

Lilian Tu, second-year BSc Psychology and Language Sciences student, participated in an 8-week summer studentship at UCL with two fellow researchers from the Psychology and Language Sciences department. The research project aimed to investigate the effect of age-related hearing loss through Diapix tasks, and was externally funded by the charity ‘action on hearing loss’. 

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Summer Internships in PALS #2: Mental Health Placement with Sri Lanka Volunteers (SLV) Global – An Interview with Paige Erkiert

SLV Global is a mental health organisation launched in 2010 by a group of recently graduated Psychology students who, equipped with passion and drive, were keen to put their degrees to good use. They travelled to Sri Lanka, an environment where resources for individuals struggling with mental illness were scarce, and liaised with a local youth worker to create their Mental Health Placements. Their placements are perfect for anyone stuck in the eternal rut of “no experience, no opportunity”, giving driven and enthusiastic students, with little or no previous hands-on experience, the chance to build their skills in an exciting and new environment.

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Summer Internships in PALS #1: Summer Internship at Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies – An Interview with Ryan Law and Jessica Pu

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies hosts an annual summer internship, supervised by Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Jesse Snedeker. Undergraduates, or students within 1 year of their graduation, who have interest in research of language and/or cognitive development, are suitable to apply. Interns are paired with a graduate-level researcher, based on the intern’s interests, and work on the mentor’s research project(s). They can gain an in-depth experience in designing, conducting, and/or analyzing a study.

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Stupidity: a Scientific Perspective

One of the most -and best-studied fields in Psychology is intelligence. Intelligence, according to popular jokes, is the best distributed human characteristic: everyone believes they have enough of it. However, it seems that those with a lower intellectual quotient, in fact, overestimate their intelligence, and vice versa (Kruger & Dunning, 1999). Today we will be discussing another trait, which is certainly much less glamourous, yet still important in our day-to-day lives: stupidity. Let us answer a key question: what are we referring to when we talk about stupidity? Continue reading “Stupidity: a Scientific Perspective”

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